Refugium, an installation by Christina Laurel
Greenville Technical College’s RIVERWORKS Gallery presents an installation, “Refugium” by Christina Laurel, March 10 through April 17. “Refugium” is an oasis filled with orderly floating strands of constructed paper gingko leaves. The leaves rotate, wave and quiver in response to movement through the suspensions. Technically, a refugium is an area where special environmental circumstances enable a species to survive after extinction in surrounding areas. The gingko itself is a fossil tree that has survived and endured for millions of years. Mirroring the interior gingko leaves are the fresh, spring leaves of a specimen gingko growing outdoors near the gallery entrance.